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MLA Citation: Websites & Databases

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List of Core Elements

If these elements are available, include them in your citation:

  • Author
  • Title of source: book, article, poem, song, art object
  • Title of Container: book that is a collection, periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper), television series, website, database
  • Other Contributors: editors, illustrators, translators, directors, actors, etc.
  • Version: edition or version (e-book, Kindle ed.)
  • Number: volume in a multi-volume set, journal volume and issue numbers, TV series season and episode
  • Publisher: publishing house, TV or film production company, website, blog network.
  • Publication date
  • Location: page(s), URL, disc number in a DVD set

Optional Elements:

  • City of Publication for works published before 1900
  • Date of Access: recommended
  • URL: recommended
  • DOI: if available, use instead of a URL

Website Examples

A whole Website

Authors(s). Name of Website, Day Month Year, URLDate of Access. 


‚ÄčAmerican Heart Association, Inc. American Heart Association, 2017,

      Accessed 2 Feb. 2017.



A Single Page on a Website


Authors(s). "Name of the Specific Web Page." Name of Website,

      Day Month Year, URL. Date of Access. 


Inman, Matthew. "7 Reasons to Keep Your Tyrannosaur Off Crack Cocaine." The Oatmeal,

      n.d., 23 May 2017.  

Elliott, Janet. "Craddick Opponents Renew Their Fight." Houston Chronicle, 18 Jun.


      1547825.php. Accessed 14 Mar. 2017.


Online Reference Work or Database


Authors(s). "Name of the Specific Web Page." Name of Website,

      Day Month Year, URL. Date of Access.


"Denmark: Country Review." CountryWatch, 2017, Accessed 20 Apr.


Online Video


Authors(s). "Name of the Specific Web Page." Name of Website, uploaded by

      Name(only if different from author), Day Month Year, URL. Date of



Night Mind. "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: Explained [Full Series]." YouTube, 2 Sept.

      2016 Accessed 12 May 2017.  

Sugar, Rebecca. "Steven Universe - Pilot Episode 00x00." YouTube, uploaded by Steven Quartz

      Universe, 17 Oct. 2015, Accessed 11 Mar. 2017.    

A Tweet

Authors(s). "Full Text of Tweet." Name of WebsiteDay Month Year,

      Time posted, URL. Date of Access.


@UHDLibrary. "Reminder: intersession starts today. Through June 4, the library is open M-F

      8a-5p, closed Sa and Su. Summer hours begin June 5." Twitter, 12 May 2017, 11:26 a.m., Accessed 13 May 2017. 


Statistical Table   


Authors(s). "Name of the Table." Name of Full Document, Publisher,

      Day Month Year, URL. Date of Access.


University of Houston-Downtown Office of Institutional Research. "Total Student Headcount

      Enrollment by Gender & Ethnicity." Fact Book: 2016-2017University of Houston- Downtown,


      Fact%20Book%202016.pdf. Accessed 23 May 2017.  

*The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. does not clearly specify the citation format for a statistical table. This example is derived from the citation for an article in a reference work (5.5.7) and citing web publications (5.6).